Welcome to the web site of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association.  The OCFA represents an industry that has been a part of the history, culture and economy of our part of the world for a very long time.  There was a recognizable commercial fishery before Europeans colonized what we now call Ontario.  Fishing was one of the first industries established in new communities that sprang up as Europeans pushed up the Great Lakes in the early years of Canada's founding.

We are proud of our history and proud of our modern role as purveyors of nutritious, wholesome fish products sustainably harvested from Ontario's waters.


October 25th, 2018


Changes Proposed to Bill 148 Applauded by Ontario’s Commercial Fishing Industry

On October 23, 2018 the Ministry of Labour introduced the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, known as Bill 47. Amongst other things, Bill 47 repeals several provisions of the Liberal’s Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017), including a series of Scheduling Rules.

The Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association applauds the government’s common sense decision to support local jobs by removing barriers to job creation and growth from provincial legislation. While perhaps well-intentioned, these Scheduling Rules were impractical for the fish processing industry, in which the scheduling itself is unpredictable.

Ontario has a well-managed, sustainable, and competitive commercial fishing industry that brings delicious fresh, nutritious, local, wild caught fish to dinner plates across Ontario. Our member companies pride themselves on having constructive relationships with our industry partners, and looks forward to continuing to working with them to provide quality jobs and quality products.  By removing these burdensome Scheduling Rules, the government is ensuring that the fish processing industry in Ontario remains competitive and creates jobs.

About the Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association (OCFA)

The Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association (OCFA) was established in 1945 and is the advocate for the commercial fishing industry in Ontario, representing both commercial fishermen and fish processors.  The OCFA interacts with many government and non-government organizations with the purpose of promoting a favourable business environment and ensuring that resource sustainability and sound fisheries science are the key to the long-term success of the commercial fishing industry in Ontario.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Jane Graham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association                                                                                                                                                                                                   519-676-0488 or jane.graham@ocfa.on.ca